Australian arm of the insurer follows lead of its Asian counterpart


Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) has launched a suite of accident and health insurance products in Australia and made two new key hires. 

The insurer has hired Daniel Kenny as head of accident and health and Shaun Higgerson as senior underwriter, accident and health, as the company looks to build  its Australian footprint.

BHSI Australasia president Chris Colahan said: “The financial strength of BHSI and skill and responsiveness of our team will give us unique flexibility in tailoring A&H protection for companies and employees throughout Australia.

“Our A&H solutions will be distinguished by our innovative underwriting and deployment of technology to enhance worker wellness and benefits, while lowering employer costs.”

BHSI’s new A&H product line includes: corporate travel insurance, group personal accident insurance, expatriate insurance, inpatriate insurance, journey insurance and voluntary workers insurance.

The insurer has contracted emergency management company Dynamiq to provide emergency travel, medical and security assistance services to policyholders and will offer access to concierge services “that help employees address emergencies they face while traveling or that impact their home or family while they are away”.

Kenny join BHSI with more than 20 years’ experience in the industry and was previously national manager, broker market, accident and health at Chubb.

Higgerson also joins to BHSI from Chubb where he was most recently senior development underwriter.

The move in Australia follows a similar launch in Asia.